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Shawn Thornton Hugs A Tree On Earth Day 2013 (VIDEO)

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Carolina Hurricanes' Kevin Westgarth (8) and Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 13, 2013. | AP

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference may have succeeded in spreading his love for nature among his teammates. To commemorate Earth Day 2013, Ference tweeted video of Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton hugging a tree.

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, Americans place less importance on environmental issues now than they did in 1971, a year after Earth Day was established. According to the Twitter account of Ference, at least one Canadian has hugged a tree recently. So, there is that.

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